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Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire

Keynote Speaker: Award-Winning Poet' Displacement & Belonging Advocate; Author of "Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth"

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Warsan Shire Biography

Poet and activist Warsan Shire grew up in London. She is the author of the collections Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (flipped eye, 2011), Her Blue Body (flipped eye, 2015), and Our Men Do Not Belong to Us (Slapering Hol Press and Poetry Foundation, 2015). Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines, including Poetry Review, Wasafiri, and Sable LitMag; in the anthologies Salt Book of Younger Poets (2011), Long Journeys: African Migrants on the Road (2013), and Poems That Make Grown Women Cry (2016); as well as in Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade (2016).

According to Alexis Okeowo in the New Yorker, Shire’s work “embodies the kind of shape-shifting, culture-juggling spirit lurking in most people who can’t trace their ancestors to their country’s founding fathers, or whose ancestors look nothing like those fathers. In that limbo, Shire conjures up a new language for belonging and displacement.” Shire’s poems connect gender, war, sex, and cultural assumptions; in her work, poetry is a healing agent for the trauma of exile and suffering. In an interview, Shire noted, “Character driven poetry is important for me—it’s being able to tell the stories of those people, especially refugees and immigrants, that otherwise wouldn’t be told, or they’ll be told really inaccurately. And I don’t want to write victims, or martyrs, or vacuous stereotypes … my family are really amazing—they’ll tell me, ‘I have a new story for you,’ and I’ll get my Dictaphone and record it, so I can stay as true as possible to the story before I make it into a poem.”

Shire is poetry editor of Spook Magazine and guest edited Young Sable LitMag. Shire has read her work in South Africa, Italy, Germany, and the United States. In 2013, she won Brunel University’s first African Poetry Prize. In 2014, she was named the first Young Poet Laureate for London and chosen as poet-in-residence for Queensland, Australia.

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Warsan Shire reads her poetry
89plus Marathon 2013: Warsan Shire - A Reading

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Warsan Shire is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Poetry, Authors, Creativity, Writing, Immigration, Diversity, Black Heritage, College and Commencement.

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Warsan Shire is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Poetry, Authors and Creativity. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Warsan Shire generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aaron Samuels, Malcolm London and Morgan Jerkins​. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Warsan Shire for an upcoming event.

Warsan Shire Videos

Warsan Shire reads her poetry
89plus Marathon 2013: Warsan Shire - A Reading
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